Engaging and empowering tour comes to an end

Our Premier League trophy tour of Asia was brought to a conclusion over the weekend with further free coaching sessions laid on for the Tokyo community.

Following Frank Lampard’s involvement on Thursday, over the course of Friday and Saturday our Foundation coaches continued to teach and educate members of the local community by delivering three sessions, which involved players from a local Japanese deaf team and a group from the British Chamber of Commerce.

The programme then concluded with a training session at St Mary's International School, where our coaches worked with their first-team squad, providing players with an insight into the ideas and playing philosophy of a genuine Chelsea training session. 

Ian Woodroffe, Chelsea Foundation international development manager, said: ‘The trophy tour has really been positive for the club and the Foundation, giving us a platform to demonstrate how the power of sport can bring communities together, motivating people of all ages to get involved in sport and, more specifically, football.

‘Having Frank Lampard join the group was a fantastic addition to sessions at the British Embassy on Thursday and provided those involved with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with a Chelsea legend.’

A trip which began in Bangkok, before moving onto Tokyo, was hugely successful and enabled us to spread the Chelsea message. It provided almost 300 youngsters with the opportunity to receive expert guidance from our Chelsea Foundation coaches as well as see, and in many cases, have their photo taken with the Premier League trophy.

The trophy has now travelled from India to Thailand, and onto Japan, with many new friends made along the way. The activities, both on and off the training pitches, have been empowering and engaging in equal measure, enhanced significantly by the involvement of Chelsea legends Tore Andre Flo, Paulo Ferreira and Lampard.

The Foundation coaches involved on the tour have highlighted the real connection global communities have gained from this experience, with many of the youngsters truly overwhelmed by the opportunities afforded to them courtesy of our visit to their communities. Being able to meet the likes of Flo, Ferreira and Lampard has given them memories which they will cherish forever.

Chelsea Foundation coaches continue to engage our global fanbase in many communities where we run programmes on a daily basis.